Thank you to everyone who came out to the Elk River Alliance's 2016 Annual General Meeting! To anyone that wasn't able to make it, you can check out the report here! Thanks again for making 2016 such an amazing year for the Elk River and our community.
Teck commissioned a multi-year assessment on the current status and overall health of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the Fording River watershed. This study was conducted by Westslope Fisheries Ltd. from 2012 to 2015, and the results provide an analytical look at how healthy, robust and sustainable the Westslope Cutthroat Trout population is. If you have concerns regarding resource development and recreational use in the area, you can read the report here!
Do you think fly fishing in Fernie is the bee's knees? You're not alone! Check out the fly fishing episode in the '#FernieStoke Original Series" where Peter Harrison-Edge shares why fly fishing in Fernie, British Columbia is such a unique experience.
If you've been curious as to what the future looks like for the Elko Dam, here's a glimpse at what is happening.
The ecological restoration work on Alexander Creek is well underway and looking good!
On Monday volunteers took cuttings from cottonwood, willow and dogwood plants, and yesterday staff and one extremely dedicated volunteer got up super early to finish the job. We planted two rows of brush layers containing the cuttings along the eroded slope, and in the spring time when the snow melts the cuttings will come out of dormancy and begin to grow roots and shoots.
Over time the roots will spread through the soil and stabilize the slope without the need for riprap. Footer logs and root wads where also placed at the base of the slope to deflect the energy of the stream away from the stream bank, with the added bonus of providing fish habitat.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped out with this project! And also a big thanks to our funders that have made this possible: Lotic Environmental, Teck, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Sparwood and District Fish and Wildlife Association, Columbia Basin Trust, Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program and Cantor.
As part of Thomas Porter's final project for a University of Lethbridge geography course, this BSc student produced "Understanding our watershed: assessing flood risk in the Elk River watershed'. This video highlights a unique approach and partnership between community-based water group the Elk River Alliance and academics from the University of Lethbridge. Citizens, academics, professionals, and community leaders all contributed to the development of this grassroots initiated flood strategy following the 2013 flood and which was completed in May 2016.
In May 2016, Mrs. Purdy’s grade 4 class and Mrs. Kroeker’s grade 8 class joined forces with the Elk River Alliance, Elk Valley Wildsight, and the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council. Their missions? To help restore the Beaver Wetland in Sparwood! Everyone worked very hard to map the wetland, identify and pull invasive plant species, plant native vegetation in its place, and examine the benthic invertebrate population of the wetland. You can check out the video that the kids made and see for yourself all of the hard work they put in! Good work everyone!
We have some amazing bioengineering projects coming up, and they need some volunteers just like you!
On Lizard Creek we are have previously worked to stabilize an eroded bank, and are going back on October 17 & 19 for some further enhancement. If you're interested in learning about bioengineering methods, we're looking at you! Message email@example.com for details!
We are also working on a bank stabilization project on Alexander Creek and will be conducting the first step in this process on October 22: a site cleanup and planting party! We'll also start taking cuttings to be used for the rest of the project on November 7. Again, message firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in learning something new and unique!